Glaucoma Treatment in North Central

Glaucoma Treatment in North Central

Don’t Let Glaucoma Rob You of Your Sight

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What Is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness.

It's caused by fluid build-up and increased pressure within the eye that damages the optic nerve that progressively worsens your vision. This disease can cause severe, irreversible vision loss if left untreated.

In many cases, appropriate control and treatment can help prevent further damage to the eyes and protect your vision. Blanco EyeWorks offers several treatments to help address glaucoma. Learn more about the treatments we provide and contact us to schedule an appointment.

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The 2 Main Types of Glaucoma

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  • Open-angle glaucoma: the most common type. It is a lifelong condition that accounts for at least 90% of all glaucoma cases.
  • Angle-closure glaucoma: a rare form of the disease which requires immediate medical attention. It occurs when the angle is closed in many or most areas between the iris and cornea, which reduces fluid drainage and increases eye pressure.

Glaucoma: The Sneaky Thief of Sight

There is a reason glaucoma is called “the sneaky thief of sight”--half the people with glaucoma don’t even know they have it! Meaning, they may not have symptoms in the early stages.

At Blanco EyeWorks, we diagnose and help preserve your vision with cutting-edge glaucoma treatments that can slow the progression of the disease.

If you have a family history of glaucoma or have been diagnosed with glaucoma, contact us today.

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What are the Signs of Glaucoma?

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As mentioned earlier, glaucoma usually shows no symptoms in its early stages. When signs do manifest, it's usually loss of tunnel vision or peripheral vision. Unfortunately, by the time vision loss has occurred, it cannot be reversed.

That said, the less common angle-closure glaucoma does show a sudden onset of symptoms, including:

  • Extreme eye pain
  • Eye redness
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea

If you experience any of these symptoms, seek prompt diagnosis and treatment by contacting Blanco EyeWorks in North Central or visiting your nearest emergency room.


Who's at Risk for Glaucoma?

  • Age 40 +

    The prevalence of glaucoma increases with age, with most glaucoma patients aged 40 and up. That said, there is a much rarer form of this disease (congenital glaucoma) that affects infants.

  • Family History & Ethnicity

    Your risk for developing glaucoma is higher if you have a family history of the disease. Those of African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American, and Indigenous Canadian descent have a higher risk of developing this disease.

  • Other Conditions

    High myopia, hypertension and diabetes can increase the risk of developing glaucoma.

  • Eye Injury or Trauma

    An eye injury, trauma or eye surgery can increase the likelihood of developing glaucoma.


Common Glaucoma Treatments

There is currently no cure for glaucoma. However, several treatments are available to prevent the progression of this sight-robbing condition. With the right care, you have a higher chance of managing your glaucoma and preserving your vision.

Common treatments include:

Eye Drops

Your optometrist will prescribe eye drops to help regulate pressure inside the eye by decreasing fluid production and/or improving drainage.

Laser Surgery

If eye drops aren’t doing enough to reduce intraocular pressure or intraocular temperature in open-angle glaucoma, laser surgery may be an option. Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) opens up the drainage system in the eye to reduce pressure.

SLT is successful in 80% of cases and can reduce eye pressure by 20%.

Other Surgeries

If a laser procedure or eye drops do not lower eye pressure to the desired level, your eye doctor may recommend one of the following surgeries:

  • Incision Surgery
  • Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS)
  • Glaucoma Drainage Implants

Preserve Your Vision For Longer

Glaucoma Testing Treatment FAQs

How does an eye doctor diagnose glaucoma?

Since glaucoma has no side effects early on, it is essential for people with a family history of risk factors for glaucoma to get tested. The following tests diagnose glaucoma:

  • Tonometry: measures the pressure inside the eye (intraocular pressure or IOP)
  • Ophthalmoscopy (dilated eye exam): examines the shape and color of the optic nerve
  • Perimetry: measures your field of vision
  • Gonioscopy: checks the angle where the iris meets the cornea
  • Pachymetry: determines the thickness of the cornea to better evaluate eye pressure.
What foods should you avoid if you have glaucoma?

The following are the foods every glaucoma patient should consider avoiding immediately. It should help keep your optic nerve healthy and minimize eye pressure.

  • Caffeine - certain studies show that caffeine contributes to increased intraocular pressure.
  • Saturated fats - a diet high in saturated fats can lead to weight gain, which not only increases intraocular pressure but also cholesterol levels.
  • Trans fats - try to limit your consumption of trans fats because they can also raise cholesterol levels
  • Salt - make sure to consume salt sparingly, as increased blood pressure can indirectly lead to intraocular pressure.
What percentage of glaucoma patients go blind?

About 60% of patients diagnosed with glaucoma will eventually lose some vision.

However, the rate of legal blindness among glaucoma patients is 5%. Getting effective treatment early on will greatly increase your ability to preserve and maximize your vision.

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- Jul. 28, 2023
Prescriptions are ALWAYS correct…even when something out of the ordinary pops up. Plus, everyone t... here is just plain cool. My family has been going there for about 17 YEARS!!
- May. 21, 2023
Dr. Kip and his staff are beyond reproach! Always pleasant and with the most up to date screening eq... uipment. I moved away from San Antonio 3 years ago and still use them for my glasses and contacts. Great people.
- May. 11, 2023
Very kind stuff
- Oct. 13, 2022
I've been seeing Dr. Kip for over 20 years. He and his staff are always so friendly. I started tak... ing my daughters to get their eyes checked and they took such good care of them. They always make us feel right at home like visiting family. Thanks Kip, Alex and Candy. We love your service!
- Sep. 20, 2022
Impressed by the doctor. I have been wearing glasses since age 4. I have had doctors that did not i... mpress me. This doctor has solutions for aging eyes. He also wears glasses and is older therefore he knows first hand about eye changes. The staff also were very cool 😎.
- Sep. 14, 2022
Dr. Kip and his staff are so incredible. I walked in as a new patient and felt like I had known all ... of them for years. Super helpful and kind!
- Aug. 18, 2022
Nice people. Good selection. Good support.
- Jun. 15, 2022
Excellent service
- Nov. 30, 2021
My family and I have been coming here since the mid 2000’s. We've always been happy customers. We... changed insurance plans a few years ago and unfortunately they weren’t in network. I tried a few places and there was no comparison. I realized very quick how spoiled I had been by the wonderful owners/staff at Blanco Eyeworks. Recently, I was frustrated with wearing the junky glasses I got with my vision benefit. A few months ago I had decided to make an appointment to buy a new pair and just pay for them myself when I thought to check if they were in network. And they were!!! I was SOOOO happy to walk in there and see the familiar faces and knew I was finally back in good hands! Four out of five people in my family got new glasses within a week as well. Dr. Kip knows his stuff & is always friendly and attentive. Alex is the most knowledgeable person I’ve ever encountered in this business. He always knows what will look best on me. I don’t even bother to look at the glasses anymore. I just let him bring me a few to try on. Nine out of ten times I end up getting the first pair he hands me. Same with the rest of my family. Bottom line…Quality glasses, attentive service.
- Jan. 20, 2021
Thank you Kip and Alex for being an amazing help to me, never needed or wanted glasses so bad until ... now and you guys made it very simple and did a great job on figuring out what I needed! I am very pleased with the service you guys offered and very happy with my frames!
- Apr. 27, 2019
Dr Kip runs one spectacular LOCAL business. The Blanco Eye Works team will be attentive and engaged ... throughout your entire stay. Expect a thorough eval, explanation, and plan from Dr Kip. In case eyewear is on your list, Alex has an outstanding selection. He also has a great eye to help pick out the perfect frames. Thumbs up!!
- Mar. 01, 2019
Service above and beyond! Plus, they’re a locally owned business to boot! Alex is awesome and goes... out of his way to help. My family will be life-long customers as long as they are around!!
- Sep. 13, 2018
The doctor is awesome and the technology they use is so helpful. Staff is super supportive and frie... ndly. Love this place!
- Jul. 19, 2018
My family has been going to Blanco Eyeworks for several years, and we've always had a great experien... ce. I'd highly recommend them!
- May. 18, 2018
I'm a huge proponent of supporting local businesses and this place is at the top of my list. I knew ... going into the office that it was time to get serious about my eyesight and pony up to what I really needed and not what my old college budget allowed. I felt right at home here with every staff interaction. The technology at this office is unreal, they have an imaging machine for your eye that looks like it's made by Ferrari. I'm glad to have found an office in my neighborhood I can trust and that treats me like part of the family. It's rare in this day and age to find this type of customer service. I can't thank Dr. Orbeck and his staff enough for all the help. I look forward to doing business with them for a long time to come!
- Apr. 28, 2018
If you ever need some new glasses, or just need to get your eyes checked. Dr. Kip Orbeck is the guy ... to see. Kip and his staff are awesome. They are so friendly and not pushy. Alex does his magic on making sure your glasses look perfect on you. I saw Dr Kip many years ago for some new glasses and later went back for sunglasses. When I was away from San Antonio for awhile I had lost my glasses and went to see another doctor. That doctor was no Kip Orbeck. He didn't really care much about my prescription and his staff was rude. Last year I turned 40 and I noticed my eyesight was changing on reading small letters. I decided I better get them checked. I went to see Dr Orbeck because I knew he would take care of me. He said I'm getting close to needing bifocals but not right now.( I feel old now haha) He never forced me to buy the bifocals until I really need them. Dr Kip Orbeck your awesome and so is your staff. You make it easier to getting my eyes checked. Sorry this so long. (This is the little guy that came in on Saturday)
- Apr. 16, 2018
(Translated by Google) Excellent (Original) Exelente
- Apr. 05, 2018
Thank everyone who gives us positive or even some negative. We appreciate it and learn from it to ma... ke us better. Dr. Kip
- Feb. 19, 2018
Great experience and attention.
- Nov. 15, 2017
My wife and I love coming here. Dr. Orbeck is great!

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Glaucoma Diagnosis & Treatment in North Central

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